Uvalde, TX – The Uvalde Festival and Events Association, producers of the annual Palomino Fest, announced Tuesday they would go forward with the event this year. Last year’s event did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Event organizers attributed declining numbers in COVID-19 cases in Uvalde and surrounding areas as the leading reason to go forward with the event. In addition, 46 percent of Uvalde County citizens are vaccinated, which was another critical factor in having this year’s event.
According to a festival spokesperson, event organizers expect to see declining numbers in COVID-19 cases continue to drop due to more people getting vaccinated. However, they will monitor the situation.
The four-day Labor Day Weekend Celebration, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 2, with the carnival midway and continues through Sunday, Sept. 5, with Pro Rodeo action along with top concert entertainment each night.
Palomino Fest began in 1996 by Tejano/Norteño group Los Palominos to give back to the community that has supported them throughout the years.
Los Palominos have reached a significant milestone in their career. The Grammy award-winning group celebrates 30 years as a band.
“We look forward to this year’s event, and we get to celebrate two anniversaries, the festival’s 25 years and our 30 years,” said James Arreola, lead vocalist of Los Palominos. “We have been on a long break, and we are ready to get back on the road and start performing for our fans.”
Los Palominos are on the schedule to perform on Sunday, Sept. 5, on the Bud Light Concert Stage. More bands will be announced in the coming months. Bands interested in performing can submit their press kit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, Palomino Fest attracts over 20,000 people while simultaneously raising Southwest Texas Junior College scholarship funds for deserving students throughout SWTJC’s 11-county service area. In all, Palomino Fest’s contributions have exceeded $275,000 in scholarship donations to SWTJC since it began in 1996.
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